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Spicy Cheese Bread Bowl

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Velvety smooth and extra creamy, this spicy cheese dip recipe is baked inside a sourdough bread bowl for the ultimate crowd-pleasing appetizer!

Sourdough Bread Bowl Cheese Dip Recipe on a plate surrounded by tortilla chips

What Is the Point of a Bread Bowl? 

If you’ve never had bread bowl dip, prepare for your mind to be blown! Simple to make and crazy delicious, it’s totally worth the hype. Unlike typical cheese dip recipes that are prepared separately and served with bread, crackers, or veggies, this sourdough bread bowl cheese dip comes together all at once. As a result, it requires minimal prep and cleanup and is perfect for feeding a crowd! Not to mention the fact that the cheese dip recipe is loaded with veggies and made with a hint of spice. Basically what we’re saying is that you need this bread bowl dip in your life. 

Ingredients You’ll Need 

For this recipe, we transformed a standard cheese dip recipe into the creamiest, most indulgent veggie-loaded dip you’ll ever taste! Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Sourdough Bread – We found that sourdough works best, but you could also use ciabatta instead. 
  • Black Olives – Full of healthy fats, olives add a salty savory flavor we love. 
  • Veggies – Tomatoes, green onions, and jalapeños combine to create a colorful spicy cheese dip recipe. 
  • Cheese – We use Monterrey Jack cheese for an extra hint of spice, but feel free to replace it with whatever you like best. 
  • Mayonnaise – Not a super common cheese dip recipe ingredient, mayonnaise makes for an ultra-smooth texture. 
  • Butter – This adds the best flavor and helps form a smooth cheese dip. 
  • Cream Cheese – Similarly to the butter and mayonnaise, cream cheese contributes to the extra silky texture and indulgent taste. 
  • Salt and Pepper – Season your dip to taste. 

How to Make Our Sourdough Bread Bowl Cheese Dip Recipe

The thing about bread bowl dip recipes is that they look super difficult to make, but the truth is that they’re super easy! Just follow the steps below, and you’ll be digging in in about 30 minutes. 

  1. Preheat the oven. 
  2. Slice the top off your sourdough loaf, and scrape out the inside, leaving about ½ inch of bread all around. Be sure to save the inside of the bread for easy dipping! 
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and pour them into the sourdough bread bowl. 
  4. Bake until the cheese has melted and the top is golden brown. 
  5. Serve right away, and enjoy! 

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time? 

We don’t recommend baking the bread bowl and cheese dip altogether if you aren’t planning to serve it right away. However, if you want, you can prepare the ingredients separately. 

Cheese Dip: Combine the ingredients, and bake in an oven-safe dish for 20-25 minutes until melted. Then, store your dip in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. 

Bread Bowl: Scoop out the insides, wrap your sourdough bread bowl in plastic wrap, and keep it in the fridge for 1-2 days. Or, pop it in the freezer for up to 2 months! 

Then, when you’re ready to serve, add the cheese to the bread bowl, and pop it in the oven until warm. 

How Do I Prevent My Sourdough Bread Bowl from Becoming Soggy? 

The best way to prevent your bread from becoming soggy is to serve it right away! However, you can also brush the inside with a bit of olive oil, and bake it for about 10 minutes before adding in the cheese dip. This will create a sort of protective barrier making it harder for the cheese to soak into the bread. 

Are There Different Types of Bread Bowl Dip? 

Yes! You can turn pretty much any oven-baked dip into a sourdough bread bowl recipe. Just scoop out your bread, combine the dip ingredients, and bake as usual. 

Serving Suggestions

Our favorite way to serve this recipe is as an appetizer or snack with extra pieces of bread, crackers, and veggies such as carrots, peppers, and celery for dipping. 

More Dip Recipes You’ll Love

Looking for more appetizers you can serve at parties and around the holidays? Take a look at these great recipes! 

Sourdough Bread Bowl Cheese Dip Recipe on a plate surrounded by tortilla chips

Sourdough Bread Bowl Cheese Dip Recipe

Food Dolls
Take your favorite cheese dip recipe to the next level when you bake it in a sourdough bread bowl for an appetizer guaranteed to please!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Recipes, Sides, Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 182 kcal


  • 1 round sourdough bread loaf
  • 1/2 cup black olives (diced)
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (diced)
  • 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 jalapeño (seeded and diced (add more or less if desired))
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  • Cut the top off the sourdough bread and remove the insides, leaving about 1/2 inch of bread all around.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the cheese dip until well incorpoarted. Pour the mixture into the sourdough bread bowl.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the top has browned.



Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Keyword appetizer, bread bowl, bread bowl dip, cheese dip recipe, party appetizer, snack, sourdough bread bowl
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